At the Gila Bend KOA, we had the best RV site ever. We had our own private dog run, our own propane fire pit, and propane BBQ - all looked to be very recently installed.
From our RV site in Gila Bend, we took the Jeep to Organ Pipe National Monument.
On the way, we went through a quaint town called Ajo. It was like stepping back in time.
The town square is magnificently restored and neat as a pin. An old railroad station, fully restored, is now the visitor center. I uploaded pix of the visitor center and town square.
We also passed through a town named Why. Why? We never could find out. I was surprised that we didn't see another town called Why Not.
Admission to Organ Pipe is $25 per vehicle. Because we are now seniors in possession of the "Adventure Pass", we get into all national parks and monuments for a one-time fee of $10 - such a deal!
The monument is the only place where the Organ Pipe cactus grows wild. It is also home to millions of Saguaro cactus. Saguaro can be over 200 years old and weigh several tons. Make sure you click the pix above.
There is a 21-mile loop with 18 marked stops on the way. Each stop is numbered so you can reference the pamphlet provided. It took us about 3 hours to do the 21 miles. Lots of dirt road and sand - not something you want to do in a car you want to keep a long time. There is another 47-mile loop but...
From Organ Pipe, we went to Painted Rock Petroglyph Site. It was not really worth the drive as we have seen better sites closer to home.